Havana, Sep 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero highlighted that the recent inauguration of the five-star Melia Internacional Varadero hotel shows that the country is moving forward, dynamic and developing.
Marrero recalled through a tweet that this facility, located in the most popular beach destination of the nation, partially opened on February 14 with a quarter of its rooms ready.
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel officially inaugurated the hotel on Saturday during a ceremony in which the minister and President of Meliá Hotels International Gabriel Escarrer Julia, who will manage the facility, also participated.
The hotel has 946 rooms, several restaurants, swimming pools and cafes, as well as a cabaret and a modern Convention Center.
According to official data, at the end of June Cuba had a total of 72,965 hotel rooms, of which 2,081 were built in 2019.
To that figure another 4,197 will be added before the end of this year.
In 2018, 4,732,280 tourists arrived in the country. This year the estimate has been reduced to 4.3 million, due to the new sanctions of the US government, which included cruise travel bans.